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13 March 2013 @ 09:43 pm
jumping around  

In the last several books I’ve written, I’ve noticed a tendency that as I approach the end, I leap ahead, write the end, then come back and fill bits in.

I have been doing that for this whole bloody book.

Now, I know people who work this way as a matter of course, but I don’t, and I don’t like it, and seriously, what’s that all about anyway?

This evening I realized that it’s because I’m writing the end. I mean, yes, the end happens to be 100,000 words long, but when you’ve got a million or so words preceding that, basically, the last hundred grand is just flat out The End.

I don’t like it, but at least it makes sense to me now, and helps explain part of the difficulty I’m having writing the wretched book.

The value of ‘difficulty’ should, of course, be remembered as “approximately 40K in the last week,” which may just go to show how skewed my standards are. But nobody ever accused me of holding myself to reasonable standards.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Amberleyamberley on March 13th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
Fractal Writing
At least you're not jumping back into the previous 9 books to add bits to them as you go along!

Although at a 40K/week pace you could rewrite the whole series in 6 months!
Or the first book or two in an Epic Fantasy Trilogy.

You have your new laptop set to backup regularly, right? Offsite? Coffee and gravity can be cruel.
kitmizkit on March 14th, 2013 08:45 am (UTC)
Re: Fractal Writing
Dropbox is my friend, yes.

And Ted and I were discussing that, how long I could keep this up if I left every morning to go write as an 8-5 job. Unfortunately, we figured we'd need about fifty grand in the bank to give it a year-long test run and find out, and I haven't figured out how to run a Kickstarter and make a reward of "there will be SO MANY BOOKS to send to publishers when this year is over!" palatable. :)
irishkateirishkate on March 13th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Sounds likely in terms of reasons and sounds like you in terms of reasonable standards.

Looking forward to the book now! Re reading some in reverse order, it's a little confusing but somewhat entertaining to read them that way round. (They are lots entertaining in their own right)

Edited at 2013-03-14 11:33 am (UTC)
silkiemom on March 13th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
If you look in the dictionary, there is definitely not a picture of you next to "reasonable standards".
Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on March 14th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)

Reasonable standards are for reasonable people. And if you were a reasonable person, you certainly would not be a writer.
HL Henriksonveilofgrace on March 14th, 2013 06:19 am (UTC)
I just teared up a little.
kitmizkit on March 14th, 2013 08:46 am (UTC)
Awww! *hugs*!